MAC Men's Basketball Daily Release (12-19-12)
MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Wednesday, December 19
Western Michigan (7-3, 0-0 MAC) at Duquesne (6-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
7 p.m. ET • Western Michigan leads series 1-0
• This will be the second all-time meeting between the two teams, with Western Michigan holding a 1-0 advantage in the series. The Broncos defeated the Dukes in their only previous meeting, an 85-71 win at University Arena last season. The Broncos received 20 votes in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll, 16 more than they did last week. Darius Paul has scored in double-digits in nine consecutive games, the first Bronco freshman to do so since Ben Reed scored in double-digits in 13 consecutive games during the 2001-02 season.
Ohio (7-3, 0-0 MAC) at UMass (5-3, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
7:30 p.m. ET • UMass leads series 1-0
• Ohio will aim for its first road win of the season Wednesday night as it squares off with the University of Massachusetts Minutemen. Ohio will look to rebound from a 50-49 setback to Winthrop Sunday at the Convocation Center, which ended the team’s 16-game home winning streak. Senior forward Reggie Keely paced the team with 14 points and tied a career high in field goal percentage by connecting on all six of his attempts from the floor against the Eagles. Senior guard D.J. Cooper added eight points, all in the second half, and three assists against the Eagles. Cooper needs just seven points in Wednesday night’s game against Massachusetts to pass Steve Skaggs for sixth place on the Bobcats all-time scoring list.
Miami (3-5, 0-0 MAC) at Wright State (7-3, 0-0 Horizon)
8 p.m. ET • Miami leads series 17-10
• Miami concludes a four-game road stretch when it faces local rival Wright State at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19. The RedHawks have lost three straight and seek snap a two-game skid in the series with the Raiders. WSU is coming off a pair of wins and owns a 3-0 record on its home court this season. In Miami’s three wins, the RedHawks have surpassed the 70-point plateau, but in their five losses MU has failed to hit the 70-point benchmark. Miami averages 76.0 ppg in wins and 56.6 ppg in losses. Despite an increased number of turnovers in its last few games, Miami continues to hold a +3.0 turnover margin against its opponents and is averaging 17.9 ppg off turnovers.
Northern Illinois (2-7, 0-0 MAC) at Seattle (3-5, 0-0 WAC)
10 p.m. ET • Seattle leads series 1-0
• The Huskies have forced at least 16 turnovers by their opponents in each of the last four games. Dayton (Dec. 1) and SIU Edwardsville (Dec. 5) each had 18 turnovers, UW Milwaukee (Dec. 9) turned the ball over 16 times and DePaul (Dec. 16) committed 20, a season-high for a NIU opponent. In the two games since the return of Preseason All-MAC selection Abdel Nader from suspension, the Huskies are averaging 68.5 points per game. NIU was averaging 54.6 points per game during Nader’s seven-game suspension. Nader’s return has allowed the Huskies to bring Akeem Springs off the bench, Springs is averaging 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in that role. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds as a starter in the first seven games.